Top-seeded Panthers to host Little East title match on Friday
HOLDERNESS, N.H. – Top-seeded Plymouth State University swept the doubles and captured the first two singles matches Tuesday afternoon to knock off fifth-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 5-0, in a semifinal match of the Little East Conference Women's Tennis Championship Tournament at the Holderness School Courts.
The Panthers remain undefeated on the season with their 13th consecutive victory, the most in school history, while UMD completes its season at 7-8. PSU will host the LEC championship match against second-seeded Rhode Island College, which dispatched third-seeded Bridgewater State University on Tuesday, 5-2.
The LEC Championship match will be played Friday, Oct. 31 at 1:00 p.m. at The Holderness School Courts. The LEC champion receives an automatic berth into the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships.
Plymouth State was again led by the sister duo of Zara and Sunny Jakubas (Califon, N.J./Voorhees). They posted an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles over UMD's top tandem of Maggie LeBrun (Mattapoisett, Mass.) and Jillian Reichert (Marion, Mass.) to start their day, and each posted an easy singles victory to close out the team scoring; Zara was a 6-0, 6-0 winner of LeBrun in the top singles slot, and Sunny cruised past Kerry Magoon (Marshfield, Mass.) at No. 2, 6-1, 6-0.
The Jakubases are 13-0 at No. 1 doubles this season, while Zara is 13-0 in No. 1 singles and Sunny is 12-1 at No. 2 singles.
The Panthers also got doubles victories from sophomore Nikki Lund (Hingham, Mass.) and junior Nitsa Ioannides (El Cajon, Calif.) at No. 2, and senior Rosalie DiRado (Gansevoort, N.Y.) and freshman Cassidy Wells (Colchester, Vt.) at No. 3.
PSU's match-up in the title match against Rhode Island College is a rematch of the Oct. 11 battle, when the Panthers pulled out a 5-4 decision.
Plymouth State is looking for its third LEC women's tennis title overall and first since 2006, while RIC is seeking its seventh championship, and first since 2005.
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